What comes to mind when you think of Orlando, Florida? If you’re anything like me you think Disney and family friendly vacations and all the kid friendly activities you can think of.
But Orlando is not just for the kids. There are plenty of things to do in Orlando for adults.
After spending over a year in Orlando, we have discovered all the things to do in Orlando for adults from date night Frosé at the Riviera Resort in Disney to sunset dinners in Lake Nona, you will be surprised at how many things there are to do for adults in Orlando.
So let’s start planning some amazing adult adventures in Orlando.
Things to do in Orlando for Adults
What is the best things to do in Orlando for adults?
What can adults do at night in Orlando?
What is there to do in Orlando besides theme parks?
What can couples do in Orlando?
- Visit a winery
- Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
- Enjoy a Spa Day
- Enjoy Frose at Riviera Hotel
- Orlando Brewing Company
Free things to do in Orlando for adults
What is the best things to do in Orlando for adults?
The beauty of Orlando and the greater Orlando area is there is something for everyone. Regardless of what your travel style is you will find something to do that will suit you.
Let’s start with some activities that are great for adults (but can also be kid friendly).
Located off of I-4, ICON Park is a favorite for both visitors and residents alike. While ICON Park is a great family-friendly attraction in Orlando there are also several attractions that are great for adults.
Our favorite is The Wheel. Standing at 400 feet tall The Wheel will give you an opportunity to see Orlando from a different perspective.
There is even a deck bar where you can grab beverages to enjoy during your 18-minute ride.
And if you’re looking for a little romance they even offer Romance Capsules which include a 40-minute ride, a bottle of sparkling wine and two red velvet cupcakes.
You can find tickets for The Wheel here.
If you’re looking for something a little bit more thrilling check out the Orlando StarFlyer. At 450 feet it is the tallest swing ride attraction and another way to see Orlando from new heights.
When you’re done with all the thrills there are several other attractions at ICON Park. If you are looking for something a bit more lowkey Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is also a fun place to spend the evening. I mean what’s better than rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.
ICON Park is not just about the attractions. There are over 40 bars, restaurants and shops at ICON Park. Vist Tin Roof for live music or stop by Shake Shack for a yummy burger.
ICON Park is definitely a great destination for a day or evening out.
Visiting ICON Park
ICON Park is located just off of I-4 on International Drive making it convenient for everyone. Parking is free and admission only applies to the attractions. You can find more information about ICON Park here.
Where to stay near ICON Park.
There are a number of hotels along International Drive and several within a couple of minutes drive from ICON Park.
One that catches the eye is the Castle Hotel. And just as its namesake it looks exactly like a Castle. You can find availability and rates here.
If you're looking for something budget-friendly then check out Element Orlando Universal Blvd. You can find rates and availability here.
Gatorland is not just for kids. Known as the alligator capital of the world, a visit to Gator and isn’t just about seeing the gators.
There is so much more to do. Start your visit by getting to know the gators at Gatorland. After you’ve had a chance to get up close and personal with these amazing animals you can try one of the many experiences offered at Gatorland such as ziplining or an off-road adventure.
When you’re ready don’t forget to stop at Pearl’s Good Eats where you can try gator bites and wash them down with a cold beer or even a glass of wine.
Admission to Gatorland starts at $29.99 for adults however there are always specials that you can take advantage of. Parking is free. You can get tickets to Gatorland here.
Where to stay near Gatorland
Located just under 5 miles from Gatorland and 4 miles from Disney the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista South is a great budget friendly place to stay in the area. You can find rates and availability for SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista South here.
If you are looking for more resort-style accommodations then check out Caribe Royale Orlando. You can find rates and availability for Caribe Royale Orlando here.
iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving
If you’re like me and not ready for the real thing (or maybe you are) then a great thing to try when visiting Orlando is Indoor Skydiving. If your looking for the thrill of jumping out of a plane without the actual jumping then this is where it’s at.
This is a great way to get that skydiving feeling without the plane or parachute. (It's kid friendly too just in case you needed to know).
Visiting iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving
iFLY Orlando is on International Drive near the convention center. There are various packages to choose from including the First-Time Flyer package which includes a training session, use of all the flight gear, flight time in the tunnel, hands on personal assistance from an instructor and a personalized flight certificate.
You can find more information regarding tickets and availability here.
Where to stay near iFLY Orlando Indoor Skydiving.
iFLY Orlando is near the convention center which means there are several options to choose from for hotels. But if you need some help choosing check out Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Drive Convention Center. We love the Embassy Suites and their breakfast (which is included) is phenomenal. You can find rates and availability for the Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando International Drive Convention Center here.
Another great option is the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The Hyatt is a tried and true and never disappoints. You can find rates and availability for the Hyatt Regency Orlando here.
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures
If you're looking for a different kind of adventure then why not go on an Airboat Tour. No need to drive south to enjoy the Everglades and an adventure into what is considered the “Real Florida”.
Did you know that the headwaters to the Florida Everglades actually start in Orlando? If you didn't you're not alone. Most people don't. But the fact that you can enjoy the Everglades right in Central Florida is what makes Boggy Creek Adventures a must visit.
Not only can you pick from a variety of packages which include an airboat tour but you can also spend time in the park getting to know the “real Florida. And don't forget to stop for lunch at the Boggy Bottom BBQ.
Visiting Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures is located about an hour south of Downtown Orlando. They offer several packages included an all inclusive package which includes an airboat tour, lunch and access to other attractions in the park. You can find more regarding rates and availability here.
Where to stay near Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.
You will have to drive a bit to find hotel options near Boggy Creek. However here are some options that are about 15 miles away.
We are huge fans of Embassy Suites so of course, I had to mention Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South which is located about 15 miles from Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures. You can find rates and availability for Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando-Lake Buena Vista South here.
What can adults do at night in Orlando?
Disney Springs, located in the Walt Disney World Resort is a great place to spend an evening. You can find great restaurants and shopping as well as bars and live entertainment.
And you're probably thinking Disney = Money. Well let me let you in on a little secret. Well there are actually two.
First, Disney Springs is free to visit. I am talking no entrance fee, free parking and you can even enjoy the free entertainment without spending a dime.
But you're probably thinking, I wanna eat and drink and party.
So ready for my second secret. It's called Happy Hour. THEY HAVE HAPPY HOUR!! You can find a listing of all the latest deals and offers here. But to sum in up
Visiting Disney Springs
Disney Spring is located within Walt Disney World Resort. Parking in Disney Springs is free. If you are staying on property or wish you visit other areas then you can take advantage of the Walt Disney World Resorts various transportation options. You can find more information about it here.
Where to stay near Disney Springs.
If you want to stay on the property then check out Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. You can walk to Disney Springs from this Resort. You can find rates and availability for Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa here.
If you are looking for something a bit more budget-friendly Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort is a great option located just a mile away. You can find rates and availability for Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs Resort.
Citywalk, located in Universal Studios is an amazing place to spend an evening. With bars, restaurants, a movie theater and even live entertainment on select nights you will find something awesome to do for everyone.
You will enjoy some familiar names like Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville (which has happy hour Monday-Friday), as and Blaze Pizza (one of our faves).
And before you go make sure to get mini donuts at Sparky's.
Visiting Universal Citywalk
Universal Citywalk is located at Universal Studios. Parking is $26 however it is free after 6pm so I suggest visiting in the evening to avoid parking costs.
Where to stay near Universal Citywalk.
If you are looking to stay on property Universal Studio has several amazing properties. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a great option. You can find rates and availability for Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort here.
If you want to be transported to Italy I highly suggest you check out Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando. You can find rates and availability for Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando here.
Enjoy a sunset dinner at Canvas Restaurant
Canvas, located in Lake Nona was once a best kept secret. Now it is popular among the brunch crew. However it also makes for the perfect place to go if you want to enjoy a nice sunset dinner overlooking the lake.
The menu is constantly changing and features dishes that are seasonally sources so you know they are going to be good.
They also have their own label wines available by the glass and bottle.
Poor In A Private Plane Tip: Skip dinner and opt for a bottle of wine and few apps. The portions are pretty generous so you will not go hungry.
Visiting Canvas Restaurant
Canvas is located in Lake Nona and parking is free. Come early, park and take a walk along the lake before sitting down for dinner.
Where to stay near Canvas Restaurant.
This is a relatively new area therefore options are limited. However, the proximity to the airport means that you have several budget-friendly options a few miles away.
Located in the heart of Lake Nona, Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona is a great option. You can find rates and availability for Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona here.
Visit Boxi Park
Also located in Lake Nona, Boxi Park is a great place to visit during the day or in the evening. What makes Boxi Park so amazing is the variety of options from pizza, to burgers to lobster rolls. Try the street tacos at Cañonita. They are pretty awesome.
Don't forget to grab a margarita a La Cajita or if wine and beer is more your style Hops and Vine is the perfect spot.
Visiting Boxi Park
Boxi Park is located in Lake Nona and there is street parking availability near by. This place does get busy on the weekend so make sure to plan ahead.
Where to stay near Boxi Park.
As mentioned above, located in the heart of Lake Nona, Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona is a great option. You can find rates and availability for Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Nona here.
What is there to do in Orlando besides theme parks?
Kennedy Space Center
Take a day trip east and plan a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. Located approximately an hour outside of Orlando, the Kennedy Space Center is a great place to spend the day.
Because there is so much to see and do in the complex it is recommended to go early. You can get tickets here. There are a number of exhibits and interactive activities as well as attractions such as the Shuttle Launch Experience to take advantage of.
If you're lucky enough you might even be able to see a launch. Visit the Kennedy Space Center to check out the launch schedule.
Visiting Kennedy Space Center
The Kennedy Space Center is located an hour outside of Orlando. Parking starts at $10 and hours are Friday 10am-4pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-5pm.
Where to stay near Kennedy Space Center.
Located a few miles from the Kennedy Space Center the Hyatt Place Titusville / Kennedy Space Center is a great budget-friendly option. Rooms are spacious and they have an outdoor pool for you to enjoy after a long day exploring the Kennedy Space Center. They also offer free breakfast which is always a welcome treat. You can find rates and availability for the Hyatt Place Titusville / Kennedy Space Center here.
If you're looking for something closer to the beach then check out the Discovery Beach Resort. This beachfront hotel is a great option for anyone that wants to fit in some beach time during their trip to the Kennedy Space Center. The location is perfect (Located right on the beach) and the pier is also within walking distance which is an extra perk. Park the car and just keep it going. You can find rates and availability for the Discovery Beach Resort here.
Go to the Beach
Since we are on the topic of beaches, let's talk about Melbourne Beach. A favorite among locals and visitors to Orlando alike. Located approximately an hour outside of Orlando, Melbourne is a great place to spend the day and catch some waves or rays depending on your style.
There are plenty of beach access points along the beach so you will not have a problem finding a quiet spot all to yourself.
And after you're done you can check out any of the amazing spots for a drink and a meal.
Poor In a Private Plane Tip: Before heading to the beach stop at Publix where you can pick up anything from fried chicken to sushi for a nice lunch on the beach.
Visiting Melbourne Beach
Melbourne Beach is located approximately 1 hour outside of Orlando. Beach parking is available at several access points up and down the beach, some of the most popular being Ryckman Park and Ocean Park. Parking is $2.50 per hour. There are spots where you can park for free however some are permit only so be sure to read the signs closely.
Some meters are coin only so make sure to bring lots of change. However the meters at Ocean Park accept card.
Where to stay near Melbourne Beach.
If you're interested in spending the night in Melbourne Beach there are plenty of options to choose from.
If you are looking for something affordable right on the beach then check out Sea Scape Motel & Apartments. What I love about this spot is the access to full kitchens which is great when trying to save a few dollars on meals. You can find rates and availability for Sea Scape Motel & Apartments here.
Another great option is Tuckaway Shores Resort. This oceanfront getaway features suites with balconies overlooking the beach. Perfect spot to watch the sunrise. You can find rates and availability for Tuckaway Shores Resort here.
Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve
If you like hiking and outdoor adventures or just need a bit of a city break, Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve is the perfect place to check out during your visit to the Orlando area. Located just southeast of Orlando, Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve offers several miles of trails perfect for those that are looking for a little adventure.
The Reserve offers exhibits and other opportunities for learning more about the area however they are currently limited. Be sure to check the website here for more up to date information.
Visiting Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve
Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve is located approximately 20 miles south east of Orlando. Park admission/Parking Fees start at $3.00.
Where to stay near Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve.
Tibet-Butler Nature Reserve's close proximity to all the attraction in Orlando means tahat you have various options when it comes to places to stay.
Top of our list is the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. You could easily book a night here and never leave. From an amazing pool to access to non-motorized water sports, you will definitely have plenty to do at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress. You can find rates and availability for the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress here.
What can couples do in Orlando?
Visit a winery
You are probably not thinking about wine country when you think of Orlando or even Florida but there are two wineries in the Orlando area that are definitely a must visit.
The first is the more popular Lakeridge. Located in Clermont, approximately 25 miles outside of Orlando, Lakeridge is the most popular winery in central Florida.
Visit and take advantage of the free tasting that is offered to all guest while you get a chance to sample the wines and learn more about Lakeridge.
Then head outside where you can order a glass to enjoy while overlooking the vineyards. It is the perfect way to spend the day.
The second that is a must visit is Island Grove. Located in Kissimmee, Island Grove is a great option for those that are looking for a post a bit closer to Orlando.
Island Grove is known for their fruit wines. But before you start to think sweet you will be surprised to hear that they have fruit wines that are dry and off dry. All that are absolutely fabulous. They actually have a dry blue berry wine that is absolutely amazing.
There are several options for those visiting. You can do a tasting, order by the glass, or order by the bottle. They also have food which is a great plus.
Visiting Lakeridge Winery
Lakeridge Winery is open 7 days a week and offers complimentary winery tours and wine tastings until 3:45 pm daily. Park is free. On weekends you can also order wine by the glass at the outdoor bar overlooking the vineyards.
Visiting Island Grove
Island Grove is located in Kissimee and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11am-5pm. On the weekends they offer brunch specials as well as other food specials during the week.
Parking is free and reservations are recommended.
Where to stay near Lakeridge Winery
Lakeridge is located in Clermont, FL. For those looking to stay in the area there is plenty to do including miles of hiking and bike trails.
There are several options to chose from within a 10 mile radius of Lakeridge.
Oakland Manor House, located a short walk from Lake Apopka is a great place for a romantic getaway. Not only will you be transported into another time in history but they offer wellness classes such as yoga and meditation which makes it the perfect place to really getaway.
You can find rates and availability for Oakland Manor House here.
Where to stay near Island Grove
Located just steps away Margaritaville is the perfect place to call home near Island Grove. You have a few options here. You can stay at the Margaritaville Resort or check out their vacation club at Vacation Station.
You can find rates and availability for Margaritaville Resort here and Vacation Station here.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour
It's time to head north to Winter Park. Located just 10 minutes outside of downtown Orlando Winter Park is a hidden gem. And what better way to start your visit to Winter Park then with a Scenic Boat Tour.
The tour lasts approximately one hour and will take you through the canals in Winter Park as well as several of the connected lakes in the area.
After your ride check out Park Avenue where you can sit down with a glass (or bottle of wine) at The Wine Room or if you're feeling hungry check out Shake Shack which is located right on Lake Killarney. I mean what's better than a burger and shake with a view.
Visiting Winter Park
Winter Park is located 10 minutes outside of downtown Orlando and is accesible via the SunRail which makes it a great option for those that are not driving.
If you are driving Winter Park can get very busy on the weekends so be prepared to spend some time looking for parking.
It is a great place to walk around so if you find a spot take it and take advantage of the opportunity to explore the neighborhood.
Where to stay near Winter Park.
The Alfond Inn is the place to stay when visiting Winter Park. Located at Rollins college this picturesque boutique hotel is a destination on its own. You can find rates and availability for the Alfond Inn here.
Enjoy a Spa Day
Sometimes you really want to get away even when you're on vacation. And there is no better way to do this then to book a spa day.
Luckily Orlando is home several amazing resorts with equally amazing spas. You don't even have to go far to indulge.
With close proximity to all the area attracted check out Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. This all suite hotel features condo style suites with full kitchen. And if you don't want to go far you can have a spa day in your room with the Jacuzzi style bathtubs.
Make sure to book an appointment at the Reflections Spa where you can opt for a facial or a Tropical Island Massage. Doesn't that sound amazing.
Visiting Lake Buena Vista Resort Village
Reflections Spa at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village is open from Thursday to Sunday.
Enjoy Frose at Riviera Hotel
Most come to Disney to visit the parks and rub elbows with Mickey. But one of the hidden gems at Disney is the collection of hotels and resort on the Disney property where non guests can visit and enjoy food and beverages at many of the bars and restaurants.
One place in particular that is a great spot to visit is the Riviera Hotel. Where you can find one of the best Frose's in Orlando.
The hotel is accessible via the Disney Skyliner. Spend a few moments wandering through this amazing property then cool off with a Frose at Bar Riva.
Visiting the Riviera Hotel
The Disneys Riviera Hotel can be accessed via the Skyliner from Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios. Parking starts at $25.
Staying at the Riviera Hotel.
If you are interest in staying at the Riviera Hotel you can find rates and availability here.
Orlando Brewing Company
A visit to the Orlando Brewing is more than just about the beer. They host various events from concerts, to zumba to succulent arranging.
The brewery offers free tours from Monday-Saturday. After the tour head to the taproom where you can order a sampler tray. They also offer organic wine and non alcoholic beverages for those that don't drink beer.
And they have happy hour Monday-Friday until 6pm. You know how we feel about happy hour around here.
Visiting the Orlando Brewing Company
Orlando Brewing Company is located just outside off Downtown Orlando. Parking is free. And they are open until 10pm Monday-Thursday, midnight on Friday and Saturday and 9pm on Sundays.
Where to stay near the Orlando Brewing Company.
If you're looking for a fun boutique-style hotel then check out The Delaney Hotel. You can find rates and availability for The Delaney Hotel here.
Another great option is Aloft Orlando Downtown. This hip hotel is the perfect spot to crash after a long day out. Or spend your morning by the pool catching some rays. You can find rates and availability for Aloft Orlando Downtown here.
Free things to do in Orlando for adults
Harry P. Leu Gardens
Harry P. Leu Gardens is a must visit when visiting the Orlando area. It's hard to believe that this 50 acre botanical gardens is located just outside of downtown Orlando. It's a great place to spend the day taking in all the beauty of this tropical oasis.
They also have movie nights once a month where you can pack a picnic and enjoy a movie outside under the stars. Sounds like an amazing date night to me.
Visiting Harry P. Leu Gardens
Harry P. Leu Gardens is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free on the first Monday of every month. If you are unable to make it on the first Monday, admission is $10 per person.
Where to stay near Harry P. Leu Gardens.
The closest hotel to Harry P. Leu Gardens is The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown. You can find rates for The DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando Downtown here.
Located less than 3 miles away the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando is a great option. They offer a spa, a rooftop pool and even an art gallery. You can find rates and availability for the Grand Bohemian Hotel Orlando here.
If you're visiting Downtown Orlando, then Lake Eola is a must visit. Whether you're looking to take a bit of a break and enjoy the green space or trying to get your steps in by walking the mile loop around the lake, Lake Eola is definitely a must visit.
Another fun thing to do in Lake Eola is to rent a swan-shaped paddleboat. Also if you're visiting on the weekend keep an eye out for the various farmer markets that are hosted from time to time. This is another great way to experience Orlando through local shops and eats.
Visiting Lake Eola
Lake Eola is located in downtown Orlando. There is on-street parking available around Lake Eola. There is also garage parking in the area as well.
Where to stay near Lake Eola.
If you are looking for a hotel within walking distance to Lake Eola then check out Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown. You can find rates and availability for Embassy Suites by Hilton Orlando Downtown here.
Lake Baldwin Park
Lake Baldwin Park, located in Winter Park is a great place to visit if you are in the area. The park is over 23 acres and sits on Lake Baldwin. It even has a sandy beach for those that are looking for beach vibes a bit closer to Orlando.
Visiting Lake Baldwin Park
The park is located in Winter Park and there is no entry fees. Parking is free.
Where to stay near Lake Baldwin Park.
As previously mentioned The Alfond Inn is the place to stay when visiting Winter Park. Located at Rollins college this picturesque boutique hotel is a destination on its own. You can find rates and availability for the Alfond Inn here.
What you need to know before visiting Orlando
Getting around Orlando
Depending on where you’re staying in Orlando it is best to rent a car. While there are options for ride shares and mass transit you will find the most flexibility by renting a car.
You can find deals for rental cars here.
A second option for getting around Orlando that I recommend is the Sunrail. This is a great option for those that are staying or visiting areas in Downtown and WinterPark for example which both have easily accessible stops.
Need some more ideas of places to stay in Orlando. Check out our list of best hotels in Orlando broken down by travel style.
Are you ready to plan your getaway to Orlando?
Orlando is a great family friendly destination that attracts visitors from all over the world. But it is a great place for those that are looking for an adult getaway. Whether you are looking for something romantic or want to bring out that inner child you will not be disappointed after visiting Orlando, Florida. Here is a map to help you with your planning.
So will I see you in Orlando?
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